James W. Pritchett, MD For an appointment call: 425.823.4000


  • Orthopedic


  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hand, Wrist & Elbow
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Pediatrics
  • Shoulder
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Total Joint Replacements

Care Center:

Pro Ortho

Clinic Locations:

  • First Hill
  • Kirkland


James W. Pritchett, MD, is a board-certified, award-winning orthopedic physician and surgeon specializing in hip, knee, and shoulder resurfacing, joint replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. He has a special interest in implantology, the study and development of joint prostheses.

Dr. Pritchett’s surgical practice has taught him that technical skill is the mastery of the complex. It takes years and a lot of listening and experience to understand the nuances of joint resurfacing and replacement surgery. He looks carefully at his outcomes and publishes his results in peer-reviewed journals. He understands that survivorship of a patient and implant is not synonym for synonymous with true wellness. Resumption of a completely autonomous lifestyle and a return to all activities is the goal.

He is the chief of orthopedic surgery at Swedish Orthopedic Institute, the tenth largest orthopedic hospital in the country. Several of Dr. Pritchett’s design concepts have been incorporated into currently available joint implants, and he has been invited to speak about implantology at more than 85 scientific meetings. He is a highly regarded authority in orthopedics, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He was also named one of Puget Sound’s best doctors and earned an award for outstanding patient care from Swedish Hospital.

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Education & Fellowship

BS, University of Washington, Seattle
MD, University of Washington School of Medicine

Orthopedic surgery, Phoenix Orthopedic Residency
General surgery, Carl Hayden VA Medical Center

Board certification
American Board Of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member & past president, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
Board of Trustees, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Member, King County Medical Society
Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners
Member, North Pacific Orthopaedic Society
Member, Washington State Medical Association
Member, Western Orthopaedic Association
Chief of orthopedic surgery, Swedish Orthopedic Institute
Clinical associate professor, University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Member, University of Washington Medical Alumni Association
Member (former), American College of Sports Medicine


American Academy of Pediatrics — Letter of Commendation
Japanese Orthopaedic Association Research Fellow
Meyerding Award for Fracture Research
National Institute of Health Research Grant
Puget Sound — Best Doctors
Swedish Hospital — Outstanding Physician Award for Patient Care

Surgical Facilities

Proliance Eastside Surgery Center
Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center

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